Pinckney family to launch foundation on slain senator's birthday

Pinckney family to launch foundation on slain senator's birthday
Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney (Photo source: Jason Cordes)
Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney (Photo source: Jason Cordes)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The memory of late Pastor and South Carolina State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney will live on through the charity foundation his family will launch in commemoration of his 42nd birthday.

Clementa Pinckney was among the nine slain at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last month.

The mission of the Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all South Carolina citizens by supporting religious, educational and charitable causes that the late Senator supported while serving as a leader in his church, community and the South Carolina Senate.

To donate, visit the official website:

Pinckney's wife Jennifer will be leading the way as the Foundation's Chair, donning the mantle of service where her husband left off after 20 years of service in the South Carolina House and Senate.

"While the shock has started to dissipate, we are still in a state of deep grief," Jennifer Pinckney said. "But, we are answering God's call to continue my husband's work and that starts with establishing a charitable foundation in his honor."

She will be assisted in launching the Foundation by Pinckney's colleague in the Senate, Gerald Malloy, who served since 2002 representing the 29th District.

"We are reaching out to those who have been raising money in Clem's name in order to consolidate efforts," Senator Malloy said. "And on his birthday, we are thankful for your generous support as we begin to build a foundation that will become part of the Senator's legacy."

The Foundation was established by Mrs. Pinckney, Senator Malloy, and Reverend Kylon Jerome Middleton, Ph.D., a former high school principal and current AME pastor, who was the Reverend's best friend.

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